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Revisiting Week Five's HS Football Predictions

Fayetteville, GA -- Massey Matchups correctly picked the winner of 15 out of 17 games in Week Four. Did the computer predictor tool have similar results in Week Five?

In the Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week, Starr's Mill was expected to tie Whitewater 20-20. The computer regarded Starr's Mill as the better team, but gave Whitewater the benefit of home field advantage. Starr's Mill actually won the game 21-14.

Buford was supposed to make up for their 2009 loss to Lovett with a 26-19 win this year. The Wolves got their revenge, but the computer underestimated Buford. Coach Jess Simpson's team beat Lovett 37-14.

Week 5 Massey Matchups Predictions

FAYETTEVILLE, GA -- Starr's Mill at Whitewater handily won Game of the Week with 65 percent of the vote, but will it turn out to be the closest contest? Massey Matchups lets us know.

 The Region 3-4A Division B matchup should have playoff implications for the undefeated Starr's Mill Panthers and the one-loss Wildcats. Both teams are undefeated in their region since Whitewater's lone loss came at the hands of defending 4A champ Sandy Creek, who is now in 3A.  

The two teams are expected to play to a 20-20 draw. But if the game were at Starr's Mill's place or on a neutral field, Massey Matchups gives Starr's Mill the edge.

Suspect Arrested in 13-Year-Old's Death

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- Police have arrested a 25-year-old Lawrenceville man in connection with the death of a 13-year-old boy, who was fatally shot while asleep in bed.

Tre Shambry was killed after a stray bullet flew through his bedroom window at the Holland Park Apartment Complex in Lawrenceville in January.

"It appears that at least two suspects in this matter were engaged in some form of argument when the victim was unintentionally shot," Gwinnett County Police Officer Brian Kelly said in a statement. "It is possible that the parties responsible are unaware that a person was struck by their gunshots."

Gwinnett County Police have now charged Joshua Simpson Banks with Murder and Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Under Armour Athlete of the Week Candidates: Week 5

GAINESVILLE, GA -- All of the Under Armour Athlete of the Week candidates played a huge part in their respective teams' wins. Whether it was complete domination or a last-minute score, this week's athletes had impressive performances.

A.J. Johnson dominated in Gainesville's 20-13 win over rival North Hall. Johnson, who committed to Tennessee just before the game, is always big on defense for the Red Elephants, but the linebacker also made a big impact from the unlikely quarterback position.

Gainesville coach Bruce Miller made the call to line Johnson up at quarterback and the senior player spent the game bulldozing players en route to 192 yards on 17 carries. Johnson also scored all three of the Red Elephants' touchdowns.

Moonshine Distillery Uncovered During Eviction

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- A Lawrenceville man is behind bars, charged with making "White Lightning."

Gwinnett County Sheriff's officers say they found an illegal still, 37 gallons of distilled liquor and 110 gallons of sour mash during a routine eviction on Wessex Court in Lawrenceville.

Constantin Ana has been charged with unlawful manufacturing of alcoholic beverages and possession of untaxed distilled spirits.

He is now at the Gwinnett County Jail.

Week Five Game of the Week Nominees

HIRAM, GA -- The high school football season is wearing on and most teams are finally into region play. As far as the playoffs go, region play is all that matters, and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week nominations are all down that alley.

Kell and Hiram are both 4-0 and battling it out for a playoff spot in the competitive Region 5-4A North. And making the postseason in a sub-region with seven teams is no easy task.

Kell has handed Grayson, Etowah, Woodstock, and East Paulding, all 3-1 teams, their only losses of the season. The wins would not be described as blowouts, though. The Longhorns have won their four four games by a combined 27 points.

Hiram is in the opposite position. The Hornets have been blowing through opposing teams, but their schedule has not been that tough. Hiram's four wins have come against teams with a combined 4-11 record.

Residents Take Battle for Briscoe to Gwinnett Commission

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- There's a brewing battle over a small airport in Lawrenceville. Some envision the airport expanding to accommodate commercial traffic; others say "no way". Whether or not the expansion will take off remains to be seen.

"I don't want jets over the top of my head," Lawrenceville resident and Briscoe Field neighbor Barbara Firestine said Tuesday.

For Firestine, the mere suggestion that the historically quiet Briscoe Field be expanded to accommodate commercial airline traffic is a nightmare. For the past 15 years, she's lived within earshot of the buzzing propellers of most of Briscoe Field's traffic.

She moved here from Ft. Lauderdale, to escape the ever expanding airport there. Now, Firestine is faced with the proposition that the Briscoe could expand, too. "That's not what we signed up for when we bought in Gwinnett County," she said.